President Barack Obama is leaving it to other U.S. officials to respond publicly to North Korea’s hostile rhetoric, as his administration balances a display of military resolve against the risk that its actions will escalate tensions with dictator Kim Jong Un.
The Aug. 6 downing of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization CH-47 Chinook helicopter in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 U.S. special operations troops, isn’t a “watershed” implying new Taliban momentum, a Pentagon spokesman said today.
The U.S. Defense Department is in the ‘final stages’ of drafting a strategy for cyber warfare that refines for military commanders a broad White House policy that equates such attacks with armed assaults on the nation.
The U.S. and China will confer on maritime issues next month as the two countries resume military talks broken off after the Obama administration announced an arms sale to Taiwan earlier this year, a Pentagon spokesman said.
The Pentagon is prepared to quickly analyze the extent of damage to U.S. national security if more secret documents are released by the WikiLeaks.org website and to take action to mitigate problems, a spokesman said today.
Pakistan said the disclosure of about 92,000 classified documents on the war in Afghanistan wouldn’t affect its relations with the U.S. or its role in the conflict after the White House condemned the leak.
A U.S. Defense Department official is on a two-day visit to Beijing, aiming to revive ties with Chinese military leaders in a way that can avoid ruptures that have marred relations in the past, the Pentagon said.
The remains of the U.S. special operations troops killed when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan arrived today at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, Marine Colonel David Lapan, a Defense Department spokesman, said.